- MATHEMATICS - Mathematicians resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proofs, which are arguments sufficient to convince other mathematicians of their validity. The research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or even centuries of sustained inquiry. However, mathematical proofs are less formal and painstaking than proofs in mathematical logic. Since the pioneering work of Giuseppe Peano, David Hilbert, and others on axiomatic systems in the late 19th century, it has become customary to view mathematical research as establishing truth by rigorous deduction from appropriately chosen axioms and definitions. When those mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena, then mathematical reasoning often provides insight or predictions.
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The above definition form Wikipedia describes a process by which a determination of whether or not industrial scale wind turbines (999kw and larger) are a good land use in Roanoke County, Virginia.
It seems my detractors would prefer to attack my credibility in lieu of seeking the truth of their beliefs. Every member of the Roanoke Valley Cool Cites Coalition, including their “highly qualified” experts, have based their commitment to their misguided cause on promotional information provided by Invenergy, and a host of other private and public organizations whose very “life blood” is dependent upon the promotion of the industrial scale wind industry.
This is such a large group of people that it would surely be another devastating blow to our national economy if that sector were to suddenly dry up completely. However, that is not a reason to continue to destroy even more mountain land area in the eastern part of the country than surface-mining for coal destroys. We need to solve these problems, not perpetuate them.
It is just plain cowardly and deceitful to hide behind the concept of “proprietary information” in regard to providing mathematical documentation of energy claims and mathematical logic in regard to showing a cost /benefit analysis to justify such a massive consumption of mountain land along the Blue Ridge in Virginia.
Mark McClain is a retired accountant for a big jeweler (high arithmetic). Diana Christopolus has a PhD in Chemistry (maybe early mathematics); however the bulk of her career appears to have been as an “independent” strategic management consultant (spin doctor: late 20th and early 21st century jargon for deception) and Rene Godard, PhD, Biology (high arithmetic).
When I spoke to Sean McGinnis, PhD, Materials Science VT (Mathematics), regarding their claims, he stated that the basis for the 10,000 homes served and subsequent 8,500 homes served was based on a factor of 35% of rated capacity which was provided to him by Invenergy. When I challenged Dr. McGinnis, professionally, he chose to turn away from my challenge by saying that he couldn’t back up those claims and that he didn’t believe that I would accept truth even if he could provide it (that was a year ago). This is the same “professional,” along with Rene Godard, that was paid to provide Roanoke City, Roanoke County and the City of Salem with their respective “carbon footprints”, data that our local government employees rely on in an attempt to measure reductions in carbon emissions.
Why is this mathematical argument so important? Because it is the only way left in our degenerating social condition to find TRUTH outside of the influence of corporate greed, politics and spin doctors on both sides of the issue.
No one wants to bet on a losing horse. No one really wants to discover that they have been duped or misguided. However, until we each take responsibility for our own Egos, we will continue down the long downhill slide of partisan bickering that we have experienced for the past 40 years. Has anyone else noticed how lax our Codes of Professional Ethics have become over the past 40 years? Even in our judicial system, lawyers seek justice, but they don’t seek the Truth. They select 12 naïve people that they try to manipulate for very high fees, with justice ultimately coming from the toss of an imaginary coin.
Transparency. What is wrong with the word truthfulness? Are we ashamed of saying that anymore?
Mark Hanson, an engineer, even with his perverted love affair of wind turbines, chose, when spending his personal subsidized funds for supplementary renewable energy at his home chose to make the largest investment in solar panels. I think his wind turbine on a sixty foot tower is only 500w (< 1Kw). Why?
If I am shown mathematical proof that the claims made by Invenergy and its allies and proponents are true regarding energy production by wind on Poor Mountain, then I WILL PUBLICLY WITHDRAW MY CHALLENGE. The loss of Poor Mountain and the Blue Ridge is far more important than any personal embarrassment I may suffer.
Until that time, I will do my best to avoid responding to any further statements made by folks who are too lazy or deceitful to back up their statements.
Incidentally, I do believe that Invenergy and the wind industry do see Poor Mountain as a “beachhead” on the Blue Ridges of Virginia. For that reason, their desire to protect “proprietary information” may be at least partially true. You have to be careful about “claim-jumpers” you know So, what is this bru-ha-ha all about? MONEY! PUBLIC MONEY!! From virtually every department of our Federal government. In large part, even our states have a big stake in the spoils in the federal pot.
As a good friend and I often say, it's about GOLD! GOLD!! and more GOLD!!!